SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Syracuse Police Department announced Thursday that 23-year-old Victoria Afet has been charged with the murder of 93-year-old Concetta “Connie” Tuori.
On March 17, police were called to Skyline Apartments for a status check just after 1 p.m. and found the body of Tuori.
Police say with the help of surveillance cameras, their investigation led them to Afet as a suspect. Afet, believed to be homeless, was a frequent visitor to Skyline Apartments. She has a lengthy arrest record. In the past year, Afet was arrested 10 times, including for assault of a 74-year-old at Skyline Apartments shortly before Tuori’s death.
Police say surveillance video shows Afet following Tuori into her apartment. It’s believed Tuori was killed on February 26, 2021.
Afet has been in jail since February 28 on unrelated charges. Police say she was arrested twice, once on February 26 and once on February 28, operating stolen vehicles in both incidents.
Afet’s been charged with murder in the 1st degree and burglary in the 1st degree. She’ll be arraigned Thursday night with no bail. The cause of Tuori’s death is still under investigation.
Tuori’s death has highlighted the apartment complex’s many problems.
Skyline Apartments at the corner of Lodi and James Streets has gained status as one of the city’s most undesirable locations. Police Chief Kenton Buckner says his officers and other city resources spend most of their time at the building located at 753 James Street.
The building is managed by Green Skyline Apartments, LLC and the chief says that the location has a laundry list of issues. He calls it frustrating that management has not done enough to stop the criminal activity.
Green Skyline Apartments, LLC is run by Troy Green and his father Tim Green. Tim Green was a standout athlete at Liverpool High School, a two-time All-American as a football player at Syracuse University, played in the National Football League, and is a licensed attorney.
On Wednesday, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the city is taking action against “nuisance abatement number one”, playing all legal cards they can. The city is filed a nuisance abatement notice and also filed a petition in supreme court to force Skyline Apartments to fix its code violations. The city also gave them an unfit declaration notice because Mayor Walsh says no human should be living in those conditions.
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